LessWrong Study Hall will be password-protected 2013-11-13T20:38:54.068Z · score: 19 (20 votes)


Comment by tkadlubo on Announcing the Complice Less Wrong Study Hall · 2015-03-04T09:38:35.217Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

You don't need to use your Twitter or Facebook credentials. You even don't want to, since tinychat will spam your feeds. Logging in as tinychat guest is the status quo for pretty much everyone on the LWSH.

Comment by tkadlubo on The Hostile Arguer · 2014-11-27T15:41:27.022Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

meta: On top of the article please link the LessWrong Study Hall to the wiki page about how to access it.

Comment by tkadlubo on What are you learning? · 2014-09-15T12:23:21.537Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

One big example of a successful study project is the LessWrong Study Hall, which is still active 1.5 years after it was started.

Comment by tkadlubo on Tips for writing philosophical texts · 2014-09-01T14:34:18.585Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Ship it. Get feedback from some readers. Use feedback to improve your ideas and your writing. Repeat.

Comment by tkadlubo on Group Rationality Diary, July 16-31 · 2014-07-17T13:18:41.389Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Bought new headphones

A friend of mine noticed that I'm often frustrated at work, and she asked if that's normal. I thought about it for a while, and found one low-hanging fruit to optimise: open-space office noise. Bought a new pair of headphones that offer decent noise isolation. My distractability dropped perceptibly. I'm satisfied with that change.

Comment by tkadlubo on Less Wrong Study Hall - Year 1 Retrospective · 2014-03-10T18:55:14.521Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

FWIW we already do have at least two users who live in timezones with fractional UTC offset. That's why I always use UTC time when announcing new pomodoros.

Comment by tkadlubo on European Community Weekend in Berlin · 2014-01-26T15:33:57.291Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'm going. It looks that the LessWrong Study Hall is going to have a strong representation in this event.

Comment by tkadlubo on Akrasia Tactics Review 2: The Akrasia Strikes Back · 2013-07-16T11:12:24.701Z · score: 11 (11 votes) · LW · GW

Beeminding +4. I've found that the default 1 year goal length is too long for me. These days I'm usually doing 1 month long goals. I've found that the easiest formula to follow is to beemind doing at least a little bit of the thing you want to do every day, without quantifying how much you've actually done.

LessWrong Study Hall +7. I'm a regular there. In terms of the procrastination equation the pomodoro rhythm decreases delay, peer pressure decreases impulsiveness, and social chat during pomodoros increases value. Tinychat IMO is not a good piece of software. It suffers from frequent disconnects and has no form of keep-alive for quiet periods. We still don't have enough people there to guarantee 24/7 coverage.

GTD system +5. The main benefits of GTD to me is the focus on decomposing projects into actionable chunks, offloading stuff into "a trusted system" to free up cognitive resources, and the notion of thinking at different "horizons of focus". I've found the down-to-earth pragmatism of the GTD method helpful when attacking some Ugh fields. BTW, I use Remember The Milk as my GTD database. Previously I've used OmniFocus on a Mac.

Resolving to Do Better in The Future: -3. Huh. That's not how it works.

Micro-rewards: +2. I've tried to use almonds as dog treats at work: 1 almond for each Git commit and such. After a few weeks of feeling slightly incentivised by it I absentmindedly ate the whole bowl. I might return to it in the future.

LeechBlock +2. Wasting time on-line is a problem for me. LeechBlock helps in general, but has some drawbacks. I have several sets of URL patterns: a work-related whitelist that's never blocked, a list of known timesinks that's always blocked and a general '*' glob to for a total Lockdown. The problem with the last one is that one needs to remember to enable it, and every now and then in the middle of such a Lockdown I want to check StackOverflow or something.

Comment by tkadlubo on LW Study Hall - 2 Month Update · 2013-05-12T17:50:37.940Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I'm a regular there. Here are my observations.

This is fun. I haven't had this much social fun on-line for a decade. I'm a corporate stooge, and usually sitting at a keyboard and typing for a living is not that social and not that fun for me. As much as I enjoy spending time there, the mere social fun is not the purpose. I've noticed that whenever I join the chat without a clear goal, I tend to drift through pomodoros without achieving that much. I first need to do some GTD-style analysis of what project I want to work on, and what are actionable steps to take during a pomodoro. I like to ask the participants about their projects and I like and find it useful to briefly explain mine.

Apparently a little social salience can go a long way with me. BTW, that is a possibly useful observation for team mangers, and it agrees with what random pop-psychology of human motivation I've heard about.

I'm worried about the long-term prospects of this idea. I think most of the participants are students. During the first summer vacation season we'll likely see a big drop in participation.

Comment by tkadlubo on “Pickled Stewberries!” in HPMoR, Omake #3 · 2012-09-05T13:38:17.777Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

How did you handle the IHOP joke a few lines above the stewberries?

Comment by tkadlubo on Group rationality diary, 9/3/12 · 2012-09-04T12:10:20.476Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I faced an ugh field. So far the results are satisfactory. I haven't been eaten by a grue.

This ugh field is interaction with male authority figures, specifically when the subject of this interaction is some technical field, in which competence is viewed as a manly trait. I often lack such competence, and feel very awkward (dare I say "unmanly"?) when dealing with men who have it.

Two most recent examples of facing this ugh field:

I've had my bicycle serviced. This included going to a local bike shop and a frank conversation with the serviceman about the technical condition of my bicycle and possible ways to improve it. $100 in spare parts later I'm quite satisfied with the improved quality of my ride. One minus: I got a 12T-32T cassette in place of the old 12T-28T. I have no use for this granny gear. Next time I'll be more specific about it.

I've also started taking car driving lessons. In my country an official state-recognized driving license course includes 30 hours of driving practice 1-on-1 with a driving instructor, whose job includes pointing out all the rookie mistakes you make on the road, and possibly hoping that you don't kill both of you in some stupid way. So far I can manage this new and stressful situation, and I'm slowly building my driving skills.

The second example also includes discarding a cached identity of a biker who scorns cars, which I didn't feel that strongly about in the first place.

Comment by tkadlubo on Awful Austrians · 2012-05-13T14:33:54.796Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Here are the links to the official and well typeset PDF versions of two of the above Caplan's articles:

Comment by tkadlubo on SotW: Check Consequentialism · 2012-03-26T09:08:31.689Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

IMHO that's a really important point. You get a better grasp about consequences of your choice after trying several options and seeing how the consequences of different actions differ.

The best laboratory example of this is playing go on a computer. Typical go software records your games, and then lets you replay, play different variants, analyze when things went really bad after a silly move, etc. After a while you get a tree of diverging game records. In some you won, in others you lost. It's a good learning experience.

(disclaimer: I'm not sure how to un-compartmentalize this learning to be applicable in real life, not just in a game of go)

Comment by tkadlubo on Personality tests? · 2012-02-29T09:56:22.631Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Is it an academic exercise, or are you planning a real wedding reception party?

Comment by tkadlubo on Not insane. Unsane. · 2012-02-18T09:44:49.497Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

BTW, what are your thoughts about Jacque Fresco and his Venus Project after watching this documentary?

Comment by tkadlubo on I've had it with those dark rumours about our culture rigorously suppressing opinions · 2012-01-26T07:07:40.973Z · score: 11 (13 votes) · LW · GW

Keep in mind lesswrong's equivalent 50 years ago would have been advocating Marxism.

60's LessWrong would be Ayn Rand's Objectivism rather than some yet another interpretation of Marxism.

Comment by tkadlubo on What are you working on? December 2011 · 2011-12-13T18:53:01.911Z · score: 20 (20 votes) · LW · GW

My wife and I are working on translating HPMoR into Polish. Tonight she'll finish the first draft of chapter 4, and I'm about to finish editing the final version of chapter 3. We plan to publish it when we have 5 chapters ready.

Comment by tkadlubo on [Infographic] A reminder as to how far the rationality waterline can climb (at least, for the US). · 2011-11-23T08:59:18.381Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

A few hours later, I find I remain physically pained when attempting to come to terms with the notion that a person could express the belief that only genetically modified tomatoes have genes. The very ability to formulate the statement requires knowledge that contradicts the belief.

I do not find this belief paradoxical. Folk science GMO in one sentence goes like this: you grab a normal tomato, and you add some genes to it, that make this tomato bigger, or less prone to mold, or something. One does not need to comprehend high-school genetics to get this stub of an idea.